Another day, another anti Semitism storm hits the Labour party.
Last night a public meeting was held in Golders Green where Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell was in debate with Jenny Manson, Labour activist and Chairman of JVL (Jewish Voice for Labour)
All sounds fairly straight forward, doesn’t it? After all, you would like to think that political parties would engage with the electorate over their plans, especially as McDonnell would be in charge of the country’s finances should Labour win the next general election?
However, nothing is ever straightforward where Corbyn’s new, ‘improved’ Labour Party is concerned.
Golders Green has long been an area with a large Jewish Community, yet Ms Manson’s JVL group counter demonstrated against Jews calling out anti Semitism in Labour on Parliament Square earlier this year – according to them, the claims are fictitious and the work of ‘right wing’ Jews to counter the electoral threat of Jeremy Corbyn. JVL also opposed the adoption of the IHRC definition of anti Semitism in to the Labour Constitution.
Ms Manson is also a member of the leftist Momentum organisation within Labour – her Barnet branch were reported by The Independent in August to have stated in leaked emails that security guards were stationed outside synagogues to “generate an atmosphere of insecurity” because “Zionists” wanted to “exploit and generate the fear of antisemitism”.
The ongoing rumblings about Labour anti Semitism have exploded in to a full blown crisis this week with revelations that Jeremy Corbyn is a member of a number of social media groups that feature anti Jewish tropes and that he questioned the removal of a mural depicting Jews as getting rich at the expense of the workers.
The Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies called a demonstration on Parliament Square earlier today where a letter was put in to the meeting of The Parliamentary Labour Party scheduled for this evening.
I arrived at the demonstration around 5.30pm to be greeted by the sight of over a thousand protesters waving placards, banners and Israeli flags. Off to the side under the statue of Churchill, a group of around a hundred under pop up banners of the JVL (Jewish Voice for Labour) counter demonstrated in defence of Jeremy Corbyn.
Many on the main demonstration tried to engage the Corbynistas in debate but it appeared futile. To try and gauge the feeling, I myself approached them and found a middle aged man in a leather jacket amenable to discussion. He advised me that Corbyn had fought anti Semitism all his life and this was just a Tory plot to try and stop the rise of socialism in the UK. The irony was not lost on me that whilst he was telling me this, principled Labour MP John Mann was on the platform speaking in favour of the demonstration and calling out anti Jewish bigotry.
The Rise of IS (Islamic State) in Syria & Iraq has led our government to make many statements in the media about how they will confront extremism in our country – With Cameron’s pledge to bar re-entry to those fighting for IS in tatters because of ‘Human Rights’ laws, the following exchange of letters between myself and The Home Office via our local MP shows just how clueless and impotent they really are –